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The Most Overpowering Ever?
L. Jon Wertheim
May 18, 1998
It may not have been the best game ever pitched. It wasn't a perfecto, at least by baseball's definition. It certainly wasn't as efficient as the 78-pitch gem thrown by the Braves' Greg Maddux a year ago. But the one-hit (a questionable hit, at that), 20-strikeout, no-walk masterpiece on May 6 by the Chicago Cubs' Kerry Wood, in which only two balls were hit out of the infield, ranks as the most commanding performance of all time, even if Wood didn't have to face a designated hitter, as American League pitchers have in other high-strikeout games. For domination of the hitters, here's how we rate the top five performances in baseball history.
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May 18, 1998

The Most Overpowering Ever?

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It may not have been the best game ever pitched. It wasn't a perfecto, at least by baseball's definition. It certainly wasn't as efficient as the 78-pitch gem thrown by the Braves' Greg Maddux a year ago. But the one-hit (a questionable hit, at that), 20-strikeout, no-walk masterpiece on May 6 by the Chicago Cubs' Kerry Wood, in which only two balls were hit out of the infield, ranks as the most commanding performance of all time, even if Wood didn't have to face a designated hitter, as American League pitchers have in other high-strikeout games. For domination of the hitters, here's how we rate the top five performances in baseball history.

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